King Charles III's reign: Who are the 6 major players of the new King's 'slimmed down monarchy'?
LONDON, ENGLAND: As King Charles III prepares to officially take on the role as the new monarch of the United Kingdom, the former Prince of Wales already has some very radical plans for his reign, including a "slimmed down" Monarchy! King Charles III's desire for a slimmed-down monarchy has been well-documented, now with Queen Elizabeth II's 70-year reign ending with her death, the new King is more than ready to experiment with his plan.
King Charles III hopes to turn the monarchy into a "leaner machine" with "less to gossip about". The 73-year-old royal hopes to ensure that there are 'no hangers-on' in the Firm, and that every royal member will pull in their weight in his new streamlined style of monarchy. The world got a peek of the streamlined monarchy when Queen Elizabeth II restricted those appearing on the Buckingham Palace balcony to working members of the Royal Family, during the Platinum Jubilee celebration in June. According to King Charles' vision, the inner circle would comprise just seven people, including himself. So who are these six key players in his new slimmed-down Monarchy plan? Read on to know.
Camilla Parker Bowles, The former Duchess of Cornwall, The Queen Consort
Though King Charles III's affair with Camilla while he was married to Princess Diana, earned him a lot of backlash not just from the public but also his mother Queen Elizabeth II, things eventually smoothened out. King Charles III finally got to marry the love of his life in 2005, and ever since then Camilla has took on the role of not only his ever-loving wife, but also all the royal duties and responsibilities that came with it.
Queen Elizabeth eventually changed her mind and gave her seal of approval to the couple. Back in February, the Queen publicly gave her blessings to Charles and Camilla taking the throne. She said, "When, in the fullness of time, my son Charles becomes King, I know you will give him and his wife Camilla the same support that you have given me. And it is my sincere wish that, when that time comes, Camilla will be known as Queen Consort as she continues her own loyal service.” A spokesman for Charles said at the time, “The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are touched and honored by Her Majesty’s words.”
William and Kate, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge , The newest Duke and Duchess of Cornwall
The past few years have been anything but easy for the royal family. With Prince Andrew's connection to sex offender Jeffrey Epstein being questioned, and Prince Harry's decision to step down from his royal duties and move to the US to be with wife Meghan Markle and his kids, the Queen had a lot on her plate. During this time King Charles III jumped in to help out the monarch, and the former Prince of Wales had his oldest son Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, to help him cruise through all the tough situations. With William fully backing his father's ambitious plan to slim down the monarchy, it shouldn't come as a surprise that the former Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be playing a very crucial role in the new regime, For starters, the couple is the new Duke and Duchess of Cornwall.
Princess Anne, The Princess Royal
As the only daughter of Queen Elizabeth, this royal family member held a very special place in everyone's hearts which explains how she has managed to retain her coveted title of being one of the most popular royals. The royal experts believe that the younger sister of King Charles III will be playing a "key role" in Charles' slimmed-down monarchy. Princess Anne is also known for being the first British royal to compete at the Olympics, in 1976.
Prince Edward and his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex
With Harry stepping down from his royal duties, and Prince Andrew getting embroiled in a sexual assault lawsuit, Prince Edward and his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex, managed to quickly rise up the ranks To becoming the "key" parts of King Charles' new plans. According to reports, King Charles may confer the tile of the late Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh, to Prince Edward.
It looks like King Charles III is ready to forge his own path with the new rules, only time will tell whether his plans for slimmed-down monarchy will work in his favor or backfire against the royal family.